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    Productivity provides the key to Peru’s bid for OECD membership

Productivity provides the key to Peru’s bid for OECD membership

Only by investing in innovation, reducing business informality, and producing clearer statistical data will Peru be able to boost its poor productivity and step up to OECD membership, writes Alonso Morán de Romaña (Ministry of Production, Peru).

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    Recent innovations in Costa Rican development show the value of Global Value Chain analysis

Recent innovations in Costa Rican development show the value of Global Value Chain analysis

By allowing an understanding of where, how, and by whom economic, social, and environmental value is created and distributed, Global Value Chain research can help to address key development and competitiveness issues, write Gary Gereffi and Karina Fernández-Stark (Duke University Global Value Chain Centre).

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    Latin America’s literature, history, and culture show that we must find our own managerial script

Latin America’s literature, history, and culture show that we must find our own managerial script

Any attempt to increase Latin America’s productivity should adapt managerial ideas to the Latin American character rather than the other way around, argues Alfredo Behrens (FIA Business School, São Paulo).

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    Routes to formality: transport accessibility, skills, and labour markets in Bogotá

Routes to formality: transport accessibility, skills, and labour markets in Bogotá

Workers living close to TransMilenio bus-rapid-transit stations in the Colombian capital have a lower probability of being in informal employment, but proximity impacts differently on high- and low-skilled workers, writes  Nicolás Oviedo Dávila, winner of the 2017 LSE Latin America and Caribbean Centre-Inter-American Development Bank Postgraduate Essay Prize.

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    Revisiting the developmental state: Brazil and India in the 21st century

Revisiting the developmental state: Brazil and India in the 21st century

Real and credible development in these countries means pursuing knowledge social economy visions that are genuinely autochthonous, writes Valbona Muzaka (King’s College London).

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    Pode o sucesso do Brasil na resposta à intersecção de desigualdades ser um modelo para o resto do mundo?

Pode o sucesso do Brasil na resposta à intersecção de desigualdades ser um modelo para o resto do mundo?

Sempre citado como tendo uma das sociedades mais desiguais do mundo, o Brasil progrediu significantemente na redução da disparidade, entre 2002 e 2013, principalmente entre os que sofrem com interseccionalidade de desigualdades múltiplas e acumuladas. Em um esboço de seu recente artigo para o Instituto de Desigualdade Internacional, Naila Kabeer (LSE International Development/Gender Studies) e Ricardo Santos (UNU-WIDER) argumentam que entender melhor o progresso brasileiro […]

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    The future of Caribbean sugar will depend on the region’s capacity for cooperation

The future of Caribbean sugar will depend on the region’s capacity for cooperation

As CARICOM trade ministers meet to discuss the future of Caribbean sugar, David Jessop (Caribbean Council) argues that successful protection of the industry will require that the four exporting countries, their fractious sugar industries, and food and drink manufacturers jointly recognise the long-term benefits that could flow from integration.

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    The Cayman conundrum: why is one tiny archipelago the largest financial centre in Latin America and the Caribbean?

The Cayman conundrum: why is one tiny archipelago the largest financial centre in Latin America and the Caribbean?

Analysing how millions of multinational corporations structure their global ownership chains reveals that Cayman acts as a ‘sink’ offshore financial centre where foreign capital accumulates and data trails often end, writes Jan Fichtner (University of Amsterdam).

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    Building back better in the Caribbean requires supportive international finance

Building back better in the Caribbean requires supportive international finance

The time has come for the international community to shape a financial architecture that is more supportive of small island states’ special circumstances and needs, writes Gail Hurley (United Nations Development Programme).

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    Territorially Focused Development Plans can transform the countryside and strengthen peace in Colombia

Territorially Focused Development Plans can transform the countryside and strengthen peace in Colombia

The PDET process will allow social conflicts to be addressed through democratic discussion and respect for differences, thus helping to create a broad and effective institutional framework with significant potential for transformation, writes Mariana Escobar Arango (Territorial Renewal Agency, Colombia).